By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

 For the past few weeks I have had a lot of trouble sleeping and usually end up awake way into the wee small hours.

Last night was one of the worst for a while. Although I dropped off pretty quickly around 10:30 p.m. I was suddenly wide awake again at midnight. 

I gathered up my pillow and duvet and toddled off to the sofa where I could read and browse online without disturbing P.   I often find it more relaxing to lie on the sofa looking out at the hills in the dark and watching the lights shining out  down at the castle. We never close the curtains in the living room so I get an uninterrupted view at night.

By 3 a.m. I was still wide awake, just gazing out of the windows and was entranced by the quality of the light shining into the room from the moon high above the garden.  It was incredibly bright, but with that iconic cold, silvery glow.

I got up to find my 'phone to take a photo.

Unfortunately the clouds had started to roll in by the time I was ready to take any pictures so this is the best I could manage.





33 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you don't draw your curtains at night. What a delight it must be to feel so private and secure that curtains seem unnecessary. And how lovely to have a view of Peel Castle and the sea.

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    1. That is something I shall miss when we eventually move house.

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  2. The Deadwood Stage is another great Doris Day track JayCee. I like your moon photo JayCee. I find two pacetamols or a glass of milk makes you sleep.

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    1. I may try a paracetamol with warm milk tonight. Thanks for the tip.

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    2. I find that half a bottle of whisky or whiskey (Irish) and Nigella Lawson on the TV usually does the trick.

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    3. I thought that Nigella was supposed to keep most men awake?

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    4. Not a fan. She is as boring as her father was.

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  3. By the light of the silvery moon, indeed.

    Like you, I have not been sleeping well. Fall asleep reasonably well, but wake after an hour or two and then...poof...no getting back to sleep. I keep a set of small earphones attached to my tablet on which I keep multiple audiobooks. Pick one, set the timer for an hour (or more) and lay in the dark hoping I fall asleep before the timer has to be reset. But, too often, a reset of the timer is required more than once. Sigh.

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    1. Do you sleep with the earphones still in?

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    2. I sleep with headphones in all the time so I can drop off (hopefully) with the radio on sleep mode. I mainly sleep on my back due to spinal problems so I don't move around much and the radio more or less stays on the stool next to the bed. The biggest problem is the cat who has a thing about wires.

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    3. I have been thinking about trying something similar but I move around during the night, turning from right side to left side and back again, so I didn't think the earphones would stay in place.
      I may try it though.

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  4. That is a lovely photo of your silvery moon. I saw the bright moon when I got up during the night this week and it just struck me how we may live far apart but we are all gazing at the same silvery moon!
    Sleep well, JayCee!

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    1. Thanks Ellen. Yes, as I sat there scrolling through various blogs I read a post from a lady in Canada who was describing the moonrise over there. It struck me that we were both looking at the same thing at the same time but thousands of miles apart.

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    2. That's a great photo with moon and clouds. My phone would just show a bright dot on a black background. Hope you sleep tonight

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    3. Thanks Linda. I am certainly tired enough!

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  5. Yes JayCee - blogging always makes us realise what a small world it is doesn't it?

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    1. It can be pretty amazing, chatting to people all over the world.

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  6. That was the full moon called the Wolf Moon and I meant to write about it on my blog and forgot - Duh!

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    1. Oh, I had not heard of the Wolf Moon before and so have just looked it up.
      Very interesting, thank you!

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  7. I am a long term insomniac, and 'sleep' with a mono earphone permanently attached to my left ear. I listen to LBC and Radio 4 extra through the night with wee snatches of sleep in between programmes. It works for me!

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    1. I think I should try anything. I am becoming desperate!

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  8. I am also an intermittent sleeper. Like Cro I listen to LBC and can set the radio to switch off after 15 or 30 minutes. Sometimes I feel I have listened to it all night!

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    1. I must try to find a solution that doesn't disturb P. He has hearing like a bat and any noise seepage from the earphones will be enough to send him mad!

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    2. Perhaps you should buy him a set of soft ear plugs along with your earphones. Important to get the right fit for your ears--I need very small foam ones for comfort.

      BBC Sounds-Classical has some programs with sleepy music. One is called Mindful Mix--soft classical music paired with faint sounds of Radio 4's shipping forecast. Actually quite lulling. Of course, I have to listen to the previous recordings as I am five hours behind.

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    3. Anything is worth a try!

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  9. I have occasional nights like that but have found a mug of hot chocolate in bed seems to do the trick. As soon as I have sipped the last, I turn out the light, snuggle down and hey presto it sense me off to a good sleep. I do this several nights running to get back into a pattern.

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    1. I would want to get up and brush my teeth after a mug of hot chocolate so would probably be wide awake again!

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    2. True. I dont do it that often tho.

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  10. Just try the other room for a few nights and call it an experiment. See if it makes a difference. Keep warm, have enough duvets, blankets and snuggle down. Often people who have disturbed sleep are not warmth enough in bed. Do not turn computer gadgets on in the night. Assume the foetal position, and sleep.

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    1. I am willing to try anything if it will help me sleep.

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  11. Welll, reading scriptures can put you to sleep. Leviticus, or Numbers in the Bible are pretty boring.

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    1. I may have to go out and buy myself a Bible.

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  12. With me I have to get up 2 to 3 rimes for the loo but luckily almost always go straight back to sleep. The moon photo was fab!

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